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July 19, 2011

DC: The New 52

Filed under: Articles — Tags: — Chris Eckert @ 1:08 pm

2011 will be a crucial year for DC Comics. In September, DC will relaunch its entire line of superhero books in a bid to expand its audience while holding on to the core of loyal readers. Over the coming months, we’ll see if DC has mastered the delicate art of pleasing everyone – the readers who abandoned the industry in the ’90’s, the potential readers who presumably want books that are both modern and accessible, and the core audience of existing fans with firmly established story and character preferences. It would be a significant challenge for the best run company. Oh yeah, and DC’s also introducing a “day and date” digital publishing initiative that’s scaring the hell out of some traditional retailers. It’s an exciting time for fans of mainstream American superhero comics. If a successful DC Comics emerges from this chaos, they may revolutionize the industry and become a real competitor to Marvel Comics. On the other hand, this could mark the beginning of the end for DC Comics as we know it.

In the middle of all of this tumult, we’re here to simplify things. The analysis of the digital initiative can wait for another day, as can any scorecards rating winners and losers within DC Comics. At the end of the day, the only thing we care about are good books. In that spirit, Chris and Jamaal have pored over press releases and early solicits to select the 17 books that may be worth picking up in September.

action1) Action Comics (Grant Morrison, Rags Morales)
JAMAAL: If this was just All-Star Superman: The Ongoing, I’d be a little disappointed. But when Grant says that he wants “to try and create a new language for comics, a new kind of philosophy, a new kind of approach to storytelling that will do things that only comics can do and that even movies can’t match up with”, it’s like falling in love all over again.

CHRIS: Morrison’s still in “Don’t Ask! Just Buy It!” territory for me, but it’s still nice to hear that he wants to do new things with the character, not just relive the glory of JLA/Superman 2000/All-Star Superman. If anyone else was at the helm of what sounds like a thorough overhaul of one of the most If It Ain’t Broke superhero concepts, I’d be more skeptical. As it is, I’m only moderately cautious in my optimism.

animalman2) Animal Man (Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman)
JAMAAL:
This is a must buy for me, mostly because Jeff Lemire is attached to this project. I’ve become an unabashed fan of Lemire’s work after reading the first two and a half volumes of his Sweet Tooth series. I like his writing so much that I even picked up a few issues of his run on Superboy. Yeah, that’s right, Superboy. Lemire’s flair for dark comedy and satire (see Sweet Tooth again) give me some hope that he will find a way to subvert the conventional sounding promotional language. I was a fan of the Animal Man title in the 80’s and ‘90’s, and always thought it was at its best when it managed to be both absurd and profound. If Lemire can bring a similar tone to his run, I’ll be on board for the long haul. My feelings about Travel Foreman are more mixed. I thoroughly enjoyed his work on the Ares: God of War limited series, but was less enthused with his work on Immortal Iron Fist (to be fair, he was replacing David Aja). I’m willing to give him a chance.

CHRIS: I still need to give Sweet Tooth a real shot, but Lemire is someone who’s work I’ve enjoyed in the past on Essex County and The Nobody . I think Animal Man is a character who can benefit from this “Dark” line’s return to the 1980s proto-Vertigo aesthetics. He’s never worked as a straightforward superhero, and going full “dark fantasy” towards the end of his first series was also a failure. Lemire seems like a solid candidate to hit that sweet spot. The problem is, what do you do with a character whose only landmark story is an unrepeatable writerly trick? It was a brilliant one, but Animal Man’s been struggling for a second act for over twenty years. Here’s hoping Lemire is the one to give him one.

batman3) Batman (Scott Snyder, Greg M Capullo)
JAMAAL: I’ve enjoyed Snyder’s run on Detective. He’s one of the few writers in the Batman group with an interesting spin on the “student becomes the master” status quo (Dick Grayson as Batman). He wrote a Dick Grayson who was competent, but approached crime fighting in a way that was easily distinguishable from his mentor. Even though I’ll probably pick up a few issues of the reboot, I’ll miss reading Batman stories with a protagonist who’s not omnicompetent or a walking metaphor burdened with layers of symbolic meaning, but a capable hero. Snyder’s Batman wasn’t the greatest fighter that ever lived and was a more compelling character for it. Im sure that Snyder can incorporate elements of his pre-reboot run into this series – Batman’s an exceptionally malleable property – but there’s nothing like following the story of someone who’s maturing into their job.

CHRIS: I was late to the Snyder Detective party, but enjoyed the Black Mirror arc when I read it recently. David Uzumeri’s been filling me in on Snyder’s big “Gates of Gotham” story, and I don’t know if the world needs another “Epic Secret History of Gotham” mystery hot on the heels of Morrison’s Return of Bruce Wayne, but it’s unfair to dismiss Snyder just because something’s been done before with a seventy year old character. Greg Capullo is an odd choice here, as I’m not aware of anything he’s done in the past decade-plus besides sort-of ape Todd McFarlane on Spawn . The cover to the first issue looks nice enough, and it’s nice to see Professor Pyg pop up as an enduring member of the Rogues’ Gallery. That question-mark-mohawked Riddler, though…

4) Batman, Inc. (Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham)
JAMAAL: The classic series continues… even though it feels less central to the Bat mythos than before, kind of a soft demotion. I’m just in it for a good story, so I’m still good.

CHRIS: This and Doom Patrol were two of the only mainline DCU books I was reading prior to this revamp, so it’s nice to see at least one of them make it through to the other side, even if it’s not until 2012.

batwoman5) Batwoman (JH Williams III, Haden Blackman, Amy Reeder)
JAMAAL: I love JH Williams, but I’ll believe that the Detox of superhero comics is coming out when I see it on store shelves. If it does come out, I’d be interested to see how Williams evolves as a writer over the coming months. I’m not familiar with Blackman or Reeder at all, but I’ll give them a shot.

CHRIS: Last month marked the fifth anniversary of all that mainstream media buzz DC received about their new lesbian Batwoman. I wonder who decided that September 2011 was the perfect time to capitalize on that attention, alongside fifty-one other books. I’m sure they’ll get some stories about this, The First Ongoing Series from Marvel or DC Which Stars a Lesbian As the Sole Lead and Also Has The Name of the Lesbian as Its Title and Isn’t Catwoman When Holly Robinson Was Catwoman for a Couple Arcs. Joking aside, I’m looking forward to finally reading this, but it would’ve been more exciting had DC struck when the iron was even remotely hot.

demonknights6) Demon Knights (Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves)
JAMAAL: I’m still undecided about Paul Cornell. On one hand, I loved his work on Wisdom, Captain Britain and MI:13, and Black Widow: Deadly Origin. His run on Action Comics was poised to be a breath of fresh air into a moribund franchise. Unfortunately, my interest waned after the first few issues – Action quickly became a predictable (and slightly repetitive) tour of the “dark side” of the DCU. I was completely unengaged with his Knight & Squire miniseries. With all that said, I’m inclined to give Cornell another shot, especially on a supernatural title that isn’t embedded in the present-day DCU. Cornell’s unique approach to supernatural stories (see Wisdom, Captain Britain) and his talent for writing group books (see Captain Britain) could be a perfect fit for the book. In an interview with Newsarama, Cornell described this title as his opportunity to “develop a whole new world”, and I’m looking forward to see if he can pull it off. I loved Diogenes Neves’s work on the first two arcs of New Mutants, and think he can really shine on this series. Necrosha was a terrible crossover, but Neves did an effective job at communicating the sense of horror, fear and urgency felt by the characters. I think he’d be great on a supernatural action series like this. I’m also a sucker for series that have something to do with King Arthur (I own a copy of Camelot 3000).

CHRIS: I only know Diogenes Neves from paging through JT Krul’s Green Arrow. It would be cruel to judge him based on this, but his art worked fine in service of a terrible, terrible story. I haven’t been sold on any of Cornell’s DCU work, and I don’t share Jamaal’s enthusiasm for Arthurian legend, but I’m still willing to give this book a shot. That’s how much I liked Captain Britain , and that’s how much I’d like DC to branch out a bit.

flash7) Flash (Francis Manapul)
JAMAAL: I liked Manapul’s art on Johns’s last stab at Flash (it would have been a sublime silent comic book), but I have no idea if he can write a comic book. I have next to no interest in Flash qua Flash, so I think I’ll wait to hear more before trying this one out. If Manapul’s writing is half as creative as his visual choices, this could be an interesting book.

CHRIS: For me, Manapul said all the right things about his take on the character in this interview back when he started that Johns run, and hopefully this enthusiasm and fun can translate into his comics writing. I think the Flash can be the source of lots of fun superhero stories, so long as it’s more about The Fastest Man Alive solving problems while facing off against a bunch of weird science villains. As soon as it gets into overly-complicated family lineages and Back to the Future ripoffs and Negative Speed Force nonsense, I zone out. Hopefully Manapul will stick with the former.

frankenstein8) Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE (Jeff Lemire, Alberto Ponticelli)
JAMAAL: One of my favorite creators at DC working on one of the best new DC characters from the last decade. It’s a no-brainer, especially if you add Andrea Ponticelli, who did a brilliant job on the Unknown Soldier series. On a side note, I love the idea of fully integrating concepts like the Super Human Advanced Defense Executive (SHADE) into the DCU. I know SHADE was technically part of the DCU since Seven Soldiers, but this series places the agency in the forefront. I’ve always thought that DC would be best served by positioning its super hero universe as a “fantastical place where anything can happen” in contrast to Marvel’s “heightened world outside your window” approach, and series like Frankenstein, Stormwatch and Sgt. Rock give me some hope that DC is moving in that direction.

CHRIS: I’ve seen some people write this book off as Hellboy in the DCU”. I don’t see any problem with that at all. Frankenstein is probably the easiest sell of all of the Seven Soldiers revamps, but I hope this signals some more returns on the horizon.

grifter9) Grifter (Nathan Edmondson, CAFU)
JAMAAL: Grifter was my favorite character from Wildstorm’s WildCATS series, particularly during the Joe Casey and Alan Moore runs, and it’s cool to see him finally debut in the DCU. Unfortunately, I think the Moore-Casey incarnation of the character – when he became a redundant merc/black ops agent – will be one of the few regrettable casualties of the “accessible” relaunch. I know this sounds crazy, but it almost felt like Moore/Casey’s take on Grifter anticipated the kinds of debates about structural unemployment and zero productivity workers that we’re having during this endless recession. Or maybe I’m reading too much into it. Anyway, Edmondson’s Grifter. Edmondson displayed a gift for clever dialogue and middlebrow spy drama with Who is Jake Ellis?, so this might be fun. Hopefully, he makes me forget that this pitch reads like an edgy take on “Rowdy” Roddy Piper’s They Live. I hated T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents (listen to our podcast for more on why Nick Spencer should find another line of work), but CAFU and BIT’s art was keen.

CHRIS: I haven’t really seen anything from Edmondson or CAFU, but frankly a DC version of Piper’s They Live character Nada — washed up and paranoid and living in a Daemonite Haunted World — could line up nicely with some of those interpretations of Grifter you mentioned, not to mention Morrison’s abortive run with the character. Just so long as his backalley fistfight with Holocaust/Keith David doesn’t end up taking four issues in a scene written for the trade.

justiceleague10) Justice League (Geoff Johns, Jim Lee)
JAMAAL: I’m going to pick up the first few issues to see Johns’ approach to the JLA as iconic brand (if only so that I have material for future debates with David Uzumeri). I’m also legitimately interested in reading a book drawn by Jim Lee for at least a couple of issues.

CHRIS: I’m interested to see if we’ll actually be able to read a book drawn by Jim Lee for more than a couple of issues. This is one of the clearest “wins” for the New DC, as the Justice League book has been a pit of despair ever since its relaunch with Brad Meltzer. When the only memorable thing produced by five years of a Flagship Title are:

  • An Eisner win for an issue dedicated to the proposition that Red Arrow and Vixen do not understand the concept of gravity
  • What appeared to be an experiment about just how light-skinned you can make Vixen before people complain
  • Red Arrow getting his armed ripped off leading to him freebasing heroin off an iPad and attacking Batman with a cat’s corpse

you know you’ve fucked up. One thing I’m genuinely curious about is how they fit Cyborg into the team. It certainly seems as if they’re going to rejigger history so that Cyborg is a JLA Member Since Way Back, which begs the question: Why? I know that a whole generation of fans and creators have affection for the Wolfman/Perez Titans, and apparently Johns thinks Cyborg has “untapped potential”, but couldn’t that be better served trying to resurrect Teen Titans, another would-be-flagship that has endured a rough half-decade? To be clear, this isn’t an argument against blackifying the Justice League: far from it. I’d rather have John Stewart on the team than Hal Jordan, but I know that isn’t happening. But if we’re going to insert a hero of color into the original Justice League, why Cyborg?

You’ve got Mister Terrific in limbo with the apparent phasing out of the Justice Society. Why not slot him in? DC has enough faith in him to give him his own series, and you could leave his whole backstory intact, just established he joined a different team after taking up some old dude’s mantle. Bruce Wayne/Michael Holt is a better character dynamic than anything I can think of with Cyborg and a Leaguer.

Why not Icon? I know his power-set and appearance are pretty close to Superman’s, but the same could be said for the Martian Manhunter, and he worked on the Big Seven. For that matter, why not Hardware? You get all of the technical angles you get with Cyborg, a cleaner set of retcons, and the bonus of Hardware having a discernible personality! I suppose these might be on shaky ground depending on the nature of the Milestone licensing deal, but I’d still like to see someone make use of the characters while they have them.

Why not Black Lightning? He’s actually got a history of being part of the League. Is it because his name has “Black” in it? I know that’s treated like a corny dumb joke, but can’t you just point to Black Adam, Black Alice, Black Canary, Black Condor, Blackfire, Black Hand, Black Mask, Black Orchid, Black Lanterns, Blackhawks, the Black Glove, the Black Casebook? It’s a shame to throw Jefferson Pierce under the bus because Seanbaby likes to makes jokes.

Why not Bloodwynd? He was in the Death of Superman and that book sold MILLIONS? Why not the Manhattan Guardian? Why not Flippa Dippa? Why Cyborg? Oh well. At least it’s not Freight Train.

justiceleaguedark11) Justice League Dark (Peter Milligan, Mikel M Janin)
JAMAAL: This has some potential, especially if one disregards the title. The last time I read Milligan on a quirky team book, it was X-Force/X-Statix. I’ve wanted to read a book about DCU John Constantine investigating mysteries with Madame Xanadu and Zatanna since Moore’s run on Swamp Thing (this would be perfect if Baron Winter made an appearance or two). At first, I was concerned that this would be Nightstalkers redux, but I had forgotten that DC’s always done a better job than Marvel of integrating elements of horror and the supernatural into its universe.

CHRIS: Unfortunately, the actual last time Milligan was assigned a quirky team book, it was Infinity Inc. That was a book with some interesting ideas, but suffered from a glacial pace and the fact that DC struck when the 52 iron had cooled down and turned rock solid. That said, Milligan is capable of greatness, and his ongoing run on Hellblazer has been very enjoyable. Hopefully that transfers over to a swinging single seldom-swearing John Constantine and company.

legionofsuperheroes12) Legion of Superheroes (Paul Levitz, Francis Portela) | Legion Lost (Fabian Nicieza, Pete Woods)
JAMAAL: I was a big Legion fan during Paul Levitz’ first run in the 80’s and Keith Giffen and Tom/Mary Beirbaum’s controversial “5 Years Later” run in the early-mid ‘90s, so I’m always intrigued by new Legion-related announcements. Levitz’s recent run on the Legion over the last year has been extremely entertaining. I’m a bit concerned that these two titles may suffer from being relaunched without a change in the status quo, especially since the Legion’s always had a reputation for being inaccessible. I’m iffy on Fabian, but I’ll read an issue or two for Pete Woods, whose work I loved on Action Comics .

CHRIS: I’ve tried several times, but could never get into Legion, not even when my guy Giffen gave it the big relaunch with the Five Years Later storyline. It probably didn’t help that I tried reading that a few years after the fact when it was already clear that Giffen was on his way out and the Powers That Be were backpedalling furiously. And as much as the Legion’s bad rap has been that it’s “inaccessible”, I think it’s also been hurt by the fact that it’s off in its own little corner, where it doesn’t “matter” to hardcore DCU fans. I’m guessing Legion Lost is an attempt to remedy that, though this line of thinking leads to madness, death, and Countdown .

staticshock13) Static Shock (John Rozum, Scott McDaniel)
JAMAAL
: It’s good to see a monthly Static Shock book on the stands, even though I’ve probably aged out of the target demographic. I’m too old to read any book featuring a teenage protagonist. I liked Rozum’s writing on Xombi, but it didn’t make me want to read him on a teen superhero book .

CHRIS: I’m cautiously optimistic about this, but I may have the opposite problem as Jamaal in that I want this to be FANTASTIC. I was a big fan of the original Milestone line, and basically kept my foot in superhero comics at a time where just about everything else was pushing me out. That youthful devotion led me to buy some really dubious comics — Ivan Velez on Eradicator and Abominations, Rozum on X-Files , Bob Washington III slogging through Birthquake-era Valiant titles — so I hope this isn’t another trip down that road. It shouldn’t be, but seemingly every decision DC has made since licensing Milestone has been wrongheaded. Static was a book with a strong supporting cast in and around Dakota — his parents and sister, his high school classmates, all the other Bang Babies coping with their powers — and in the first issue of his new series, a “mysterious tragedy” forces his family to move to New York? I hope they aren’t killing his mom off to make it “more like the cartoon”, but that’s my guess. I guess Blue Beetle has the “superhero with two living, loving parents” market cornered.

stormwatch14) Stormwatch (Paul Cornell, Miguel Sepulveda)
JAMAAL: I’m a little intrigued by this spin on the Stormwatch concept – instead of a UN sanctioned global super team, we get a secretive strike force of powerhouses that (as implied by the solicits) will be a central player in the new DCU. It’s a fitting update for a post-bipolar world characterized by unconventional conflict between states and nonstate actors. I’d be interested to know whether any elements of the previous incarnations of Stormwatch/Authority (‘widescreen’ action-adventure storytelling, post-modern/morally ambiguous JLA) survive in the current series. I know Cornell recently mentioned that he and Sepulveda wouldn’t be ‘confined’ by the so-called “Wildstorm style”, but he seems interested in some of the ‘edgier’ elements of the prior runs and the scope of the story may lend itself to ‘widescreen’ visuals. I grew to enjoy Miguel Sepulveda’s art after the first two issues of the Thanos Imperative, particularly his inventive action sequences, and think he’s a great fit for the series.

CHRIS: This sounds more like a take on the Authority concept than the Stormwatch one, really. The solicitations indicate one of the team members will be Adam-One, the leader of the archetypal heroes from Wonderworld that showed up almost in passing during Morrison’s JLA, a contemporary to the original Authority. Then again, Miguel Sepulveda is calling Adam-One a “new character” in an interview, so who knows? The solicit text also indicates that the inciting event of this title will spin out of Superman #1, despite being scheduled three weeks before that book ships, so maybe we should take everything with a grain of salt. I will say this sounds more in line with some of the Cornell books I’ve enjoyed than Demon Knights .

suicidesquad15) Suicide Squad (Adam Glass, Marco N Rudy)
CHRIS
: This one might be a longshot, but if you look beyond the hideous character redesigns on the cover, this book has potential. The Suicide Squad/Dirty Dozen concept is a great one for a superhero universe, and was great run in its original John Ostrander run. It’s a shame that the only time since then that it’s worked is when it’s called Thunderbolts, but I’m happy to see it given another shot. While I’m not too familiar with Adam Glass, he co-wrote Luke Cage Noir, which pleasantly surprised all of us, and demonstrated an all-too-rare skill in comics of understanding that criminal morality has gradations between “I must uphold the law” and “TIME TO DO SOME CRIMES BECAUSE I LOVE TO COMMIT CRIMES”, something that’s vital to a book like Suicide Squad. On art we have Marco Rudy, who still has a bit too much JH Williams III worship in him. Though as far as slavish devotion goes, that’s a fine choice. Hopefully Rudy continues to evolve — he’s only a couple dozen issues into his career! — and keeps up a regular schedule, and Glass provides entertaining scripts.

JAMAAL: I’m not as optimistic about this one, particularly since it’s so difficult to portray a morally ambiguous world in mainstream superhero comics on a sustained basis. I enjoyed Glass’ writing on the Luke Cage Noir mini, but I’m skeptical that he’ll be given the room to tell a story with that tone and maturity level in the mainstream DCU. And it’s really hard to ignore the terrible Harlequin redesign.

swampthing16) Swamp Thing (Scott Snyder, Yannick Paquette)
JAMAAL
: There’s a better than average chance that this will be a critical and commercial success. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Scott Snyder’s exploration of the American character and creation myth through the lens of the vampire subgenre in American Vampire. It’d be interesting to see if Snyder brings a similar approach to Swamp Thing. On the other hand… I have no interest in reading more Swamp Thing books. I was a huge fan of Swamp Thing books in the 1980’s and ’90’s. Alan Moore and Rick Veitch’s respective runs on the book were formative childhood experiences. I enjoyed the straightlaced horror of Collins’ brief run on the book, and thought Morrison’s deconstruction of Moore’s run was a lot of fun. Even though I love serial storytelling and the eternal superhero narrative, I’m a firm believer in the idea that when some stories end, they don’t necessarily need to be revisited. Like Gaiman’s Sandman, Ellis’s Transmetropolitan, Ennis’s Preacher or…Ennis’s Punisher (controversy!). I know that’s not fair, but I’ve got to be honest about this. Not to mention the fact that the reintroduction of Swamp Thing in Brightest Day was awful and the solicits I’ve seen so far look kind of dumb.

CHRIS: I have to wonder how much interest the general populace has in another Swamp Thing story. I’m not that familiar with Snyder’s work — I read a few issues of Detective Comics I was handed, and thought they were Perfectly Acceptable Superhero Work — but people seem to dig him. I remember really enjoying Mark Millar’s lengthy run on Swamp Thing in the dying days of that run (can you believe ST ran 170 issues? I feel like hitting 50 issues is a rare diamond in this day and age) but I seemed to be in the minority, and attempted relaunches under Brian K Vaughn and Joshua Dysart were met with early, ignoble deaths. Do people really want or need new Swamp Thing stories any more than they want another Prez revamp? Or am I being a total hypocrite asking this while I enjoy the ninth major run of a writer riffing on a supporting character from that same run?

wonderwoman17) Wonder Woman (Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang)
JAMAAL: I’ve cared about the Wonder Woman title exactly two times – the post-Crisis relaunch helmed by George Perez, and Greg Rucka’s 2003-2006 run. After taking a look at the cover for Wonder Woman #1, this might be the third. I love everything Cliff Chiang works on. I’ve always had a strong response to Brian Azzarello’s writing – either I love it or it feels like a trainwreck. I loved Lex Luthor: Man of Steel and Doctor 13: Architecture and Morality, but hated his Cage miniseries and Loveless. As far as 100 Bullets goes, I loathed the first two trades, but I’ll give him a pass on that because everyone else I know (including a handful whose opinions I respect ;)) loves the series. I suspect that I’ll either love or hate this series, with nothing in-between.

CHRIS: I liked but did not love 100 Bullets , so I don’t know what that means for Jamaal’s respect for me. I’ve also never cared about Wonder Woman’s book, but I’m still willing to give this a shot because of the creators. Azzarello seems like a fresh voice, even though he already wrote Superman for a year, is writing a Flashpoint tie-in right now, and has been working irregularly in the DCU for the better part of a decade. He’s not a Superhero Guy though, and I trust that if nothing else, he’s going to do something interesting with the character. And he consistently works with some great artists: Chiang is no exception.

Now granted, the fact that we are at best cautiously optimistic about one third of the DC “New 52” is not a great level of enthusiasm. But it’s still more books than either of us had any interest in earlier in the year. Is the DC line improved by this reshuffle? Will the renumbering matter? The digital initiative? We’ll take a look at that in our next post.

9 Comments »

  1. Why NOT Flippa Dippa?

    Comment by Matt Jett — July 21, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

  2. I’ll say this for DC, prior to the reboot they had a grand total of like 7 ongoings worth looking at. Doubling those numbers is a pretty impressive feat.

    Comment by Kew — July 21, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

  3. Re: Static Shock: Over-analyzing the first cover, there’s a sign behind Static saying “Revenge” (he covers up most of the letters, but it’s still really obvious), so Chris’s speculation that Static’s mother’ll die seems accurate. Then again, considering all the signs to the left of Static (“Lies,” “Betrayal,” “Insidious,” “Duplicity” below Static, and, for some reason, “SJG”), maybe someone close to Static outs him and he and his family have to go into the Witness Protection Program? It’s a dumb, wild guess, but whatever.

    Regardless of whatever circumstances bring him to NYC, I’m really interested in what those “Mag-Lev Murders” are about.

    Comment by Healy — July 23, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

  4. Didn’t Bloodwynd turn out to be just the Martian Manhunter in disguise (for some reason)? Not that they couldn’t make him into his own character though if they are restarting the universe.

    Comment by Fearing — July 26, 2011 @ 9:48 am

  5. Bloodwynd was originally just the Martian Manhunter in disguise, but there was some complicated retcon where J’onn was being mind-controlled into pretending to be Bloodwynd (who was real) in order for someone to do something evil.

    It’s like how Xorn is a real person now, not just Magneto’s cunning disguise.

    Comment by Chris Eckert — July 26, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

  6. Oh Lord.

    I’m actually a little suprised I didn’t know the Bloodwynd thing since I’ve generally follow DC stuff quite a bit more than Marvel in the past. Either way I’m betting it’s a win/win for me having not read either of the stories.

    Comment by Fearing — July 28, 2011 @ 10:48 am

  7. I love how Geoff Johns’ big idea for Flashpoint was to build up Cyborg and say “he’s the Superman of the Flashpoint world!” yet in what he’s actually writing, showing him to be totally ineffecutal unless he’s backed by Batman or the Flash.

    Comment by Dan Coyle — July 31, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

  8. Will you guys be doing a podcast about which reboots were good and worth continuing and which stunk and should be taken out back?

    Comment by mort hobbs — August 23, 2011 @ 5:52 am

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